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Gary Becks
Gary Becks

Gary Becks

Rescue Task Force

San Diego, CA USA

"Find your passion, identify it, and do it. Grab a hold of it like a bulldog."

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Day In The Life


I lead disaster response teams and volunteer medical teams into isolated villages around the globe.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Fire Science/Fire-fighting

    Chaffey College

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Says there's nothing more rewarding than saving a life.

  • 2.

    Served in the Vietnam War as a med-evac corpsman, earning medals for more than 140 combat missions.

  • 3.

    Founded Rescue Task Force in 1988-provides food, medical supplies, and support to victims of natural and man-made disaster.

  • 4.

    Has been to "very hazardous places"; dealt with swamps, bugs, snakes, scorpions; been on rescue missions to Iraq, Kosovo, El Salvador.

  • 5.

    Goes "because he can," thinks everyone should want to go "take a machete and wade through the swamps."

  • 6.

    Says he's never worried about the future, he's always curious about the future but says you can't "lay awake at night thinking about it."

  • 7.

    Big proponent of the "don't plan; do" mentality.

  • 8.

    Rescue Task Force has delivered more than 60 ocean freight containers with about 1,400 tons of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, disaster relief supplies.